Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra, has come up with a five-year integrated course of master of business administration (MBA) and master of computer application (MCA) for the Class XII pass-outs this year, giving them an opportunity to take admission to the courses apart from joining medical, engineering and law stream.
Admission for the current academic session is almost complete and both the courses have been introduced for 2011-2016 session.
Students will be selected for the MCA programme on the basis of rank obtained in the All India Engineering Entrance examination ( AIEEE), whereas direct admission can be sought for MBA based on marks obtained in the Plus Two final.
Addressing a press conference here on Tuesday, BIT Mesra vice-chancellor Ajay Chakravorty said the integrated 5-year MCA and MBA programmes were conceived by the institution keeping under consideration the requirement and demand of industry for perfectly groomed managerial talent in the country. "The integrated MCA programme seeks to meet the increased demand for high-end manpower for the ever-growing IT sector for which India boasts of having world's largest and most qualified pool of scientific and engineering manpower," he said adding that the programme sought to instill a problem-solving approach in students towards the fast evolving field of computer application.
On the benefits of integrated course, Chakravorty said it saved the students one year while providing the same value-added inputs in computer application and they (students) did not have to re-appear in an entrance examination for MCA. "Once a student after passing out from Plus Two course decides to join MCA, he or she can straight way join the integrated course and avoid cut-throat competition that comes on their way during admission to MCA. At the same time, they can complete the course in five years instead of investing 3 years in graduation followed by 3-year postgraduation in MCA," he said.
Assuring the students of good placement, the VC said most of the leading IT-services companies like TCS, Cognizant, Infosys, Wipro, IBM and Accenture which had participated in campus selection were likely to give more importance to the students taking up integrated course in the wake of the design of curriculum that suits industrial requirements. Integrated management course has opened doors for the students to seek direct admission to masters programme.